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Lacrosse returns to PPL Park

Inside Lacrosse Magazine announced today that its partner Whitman’s Candies has made a two-year commitment as title sponsor of the Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic to be played at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

The Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic brings the fourth Inside Lacrosse experience scheduled for 2013 to the Philadelphia market. PPL Park proved to be a fantastic venue for lacrosse as host to the 2012 NCAA men’s lacrosse quarterfinals in May. The Independence Classic will present a tripleheader of college lacrosse with a distinctive local flavor. Four of the six participating schools hail from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

2013 Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic (PPL Park, March 9)

  • Game No. 1 – St. John’s vs. Syracuse (noon)
  • Game No. 2 – Penn vs. Villanova (2:30 p.m.)
  • Game No. 3 – Penn State vs. Lehigh (5 p.m.)

“We’re excited to announce these two signature events for lacrosse fans to experience. Our ability to continually deliver memorable experiences is due to the support of Whitman’s Sampler and other great partners,” said Andy Bilello, Associate Publisher at Inside Lacrosse. “There are many sports sponsorship options, but few that offer a fresh approach like lacrosse. The energy and enthusiasm that the Whitman’s Sampler brand brings to the sport is contagious. We are appreciative that Whitman’s Sampler has made a two-year commitment to these events. This gives us the opportunity to firmly establish these events as annual traditions for lacrosse fans.”

“We are pleased to host the Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic and welcome Inside Lacrosse and all of the participating schools for what will be another terrific event at PPL Park,” said Philadelphia Union CEO & operating partner Nick Sakiewicz.

“Whitman's Chocolates is delighted to support one of the greatest sports on earth,” said John O’Hara, Vice President of Marketing, Whitman’s Candies. “We are a proud American chocolate maker with a passion for what we do. Lacrosse players have the same passion for what they do. We couldn't be more excited to get back to Denver and watch amazing teams play in a city that loves this sport, and we are psyched about going to Philadelphia where Stephen F. Whitman started our company 170 years ago. There aren't a lot of guarantees in life, but watching some of the best teams in the nation play lacrosse in the best venues in America - it's guaranteed to be sweet.”

Tickets for the 2013 edition of the Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic will go on sale Monday, Dec. 3 at noon EST.  Ticket prices for the 2013 Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic are: $45 for Club seats; $35 for Midfield reserved seats; $25 for Sideline reserved locations, $20 for groups of 10 or more; and $15 for groups of 100 or more. Parking can also be purchased in advance for $15.

Lacrosse fans interested in ticket information for the Independence Classic can call ComcastTix at 800-298-4200. Fans can also visit or to get the latest news on the event and details on ordering tickets.

Plans are in the works for ESPN3 to carry action from the Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic at PPL Park, paired with regional broadcast exposure. The final broadcast schedules for ESPN networks and all Inside Lacrosse events will be announced in the coming weeks.


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